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FTC Accuses Match.com of Fraud

But site calls the claims 'outrageous'

(Newser) - Catch someone's eye on Match.com? That someone was often a scammer, and the company knew it—at least according to an FTC lawsuit filed Wednesday, TechCruch reports. The FTC claims Match.com lured possible subscribers with emails saying another user was interested, after flagging that user as a... More »

Facebook Dating Has Arrived in US

Free service launches in the US, users can opt in on mobile app

(Newser) - Rather than sliding into someone's DMs , there is now an official way to procure a significant other via Facebook. Yes, Facebook Dating is available in the US as of Thursday, almost a year after the company started testing it in Colombia. The US is the 20th country to get... More »

Police: Dating This Guy Cost a Woman $80K

But police have arrested the suspect, John Martin Hill

(Newser) - Have a bad online dating experience? At least you didn't go out with John Martin Hill. The alleged scammer was caught Tuesday after police say he met a woman on Match.com and swindled her out of $80,000, NBC News reports. Hill, 35, apparently convinced the woman from... More »

Zimmerman Gets the Boot

Trayvon Martin's killer was apparently using a fake name on the dating website

(Newser) - Bad news for anyone with a thing for George Zimmerman: Two dating apps have given him the boot, CNN reports. Tinder recently removed the killer of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin from its platform, just as Bumble did in December. Screen grabs from Creating Loafing Tampa Bay show Zimmerman going by "... More »

Woman Accused of Sending Man 159K Texts: I'm in Jail?

Jacqueline Ades dismisses the texts as 'weird things'

(Newser) - An Arizona woman who allegedly broke into a man's home and hounded him with over 159,000 texts doesn't get why she's stuck in jail, USA Today reports. "I just think it's ridiculous," says Jacqueline Ades. "I can't believe that it... More »

Dating App Reveals Breach on Worst Possible Day

Happy Valentine's Day, compromised users of Bagel Meets Coffee

(Newser) - Those looking for love on the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel received an email from the company on Thursday. Given that it just happened to be Valentine's Day, users might have expected to open it up and read a word encouragement. Not so much. The email revealed a data... More »

Love Seekers Lost $143M to Scammers in 2018: FTC

That's more than any other type of consumer fraud found by the agency last year

(Newser) - If you wanted the Federal Trade Commission's take on Valentine's Day, here it is: Beware of getting scammed seeking love online. The warning comes via the agency's latest revelation, which cites more than 21,000 reports of people getting swindled by internet "paramours" in 2018, NPR... More »

'Bummer' for Poacher Who Met Game Warden on Dating App

Woman, accomplice fined in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Her first error came in shooting a deer out of season, at night, with a spotlight, and leaving all but the head and backstrap meat to rot. Her second error came in boasting about the poaching crime in conversation with a potential beau on a dating app, who turned out... More »

'Nightmare Date' Hounded Man Beyond Belief: Cops

Police release body-cam footage of Jacqueline Ades

(Newser) - Think 65,000 unwanted text messages constitute stalking? Try 159,000, with threats to boot—at least according to police documents. Jacqueline Ades has already been charged with stalking and criminal trespassing for allegedly hounding a man she dated once after meeting him on a dating website for millionaires called... More »

'Dine and Dash' Dater Learns His Fate

Paul Gonzales will spend 120 days in jail

(Newser) - Serial "dine and dash" dater Paul Gonzales is going to continue getting free meals—but he's not going to be able to run away afterward. The 45-year-old Los Angeles County man was sentenced to 120 days in prison Tuesday after pleading no contest to three misdemeanor counts of... More »

Men Lured to Mass Tinder Date by New York City Woman

She got dozens of men to show up to her self-styled 'Singled Out'

(Newser) - A New York City woman is receiving both rants and raves for her decidedly bold decision to lure dozens of men to what can only be described as her own self-styled dating game. Per CBS News , the woman, identified in reports as Natasha Aponte, used the dating app Tinder to... More »

Cops: Murder Suspect Used Dating Sites to Lure Victims

Connecticut's Danueal Drayton says he has killed up to 7 people, though cops are still investigating

(Newser) - He was on probation in Connecticut; eyed as a suspect in a New York murder; and now has been busted across the country for rape and attempted murder. Danueal Drayton offered some other crimes to cops in Los Angeles when he was arrested and charged there last week, per the... More »

One Dating App Has Just Taken On a 'Very Tricky Battle'

Bumble to yank pictures of users with guns, knives, or other dangerous weapons

(Newser) - Bumble's slogan is "Date, Meet, Network Better," not "Show Off Your Glock, Meet, Network Better." Which is why, in the wake of mass shootings such as the one in Parkland, the dating app is nixing any individual photos showing users with guns, knives, or other... More »

When a Catfishing Nightmare Becomes a Dream Romance

She was tricked by man using model's photos; then she met the model

(Newser) - This tale of loneliness, catfishing, Turkish models, and, yes, love sounds like it should have been written by Nicholas Sparks or star Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, but it's true and absolutely engrossing. French-born Emma Perrier, 33, was living outside London, struggling with English and heartbroken over a recent... More »

Online Dating Is Upending Society

But in a way that's good for interracial marriage and the strength of relationships

(Newser) - Rates of interracial marriage are increasing—and you might have online dating to thank, according to a new study . The MIT Technology Review calls the results of the study a "profound revelation" and signs of an improving society. Researchers Josue Ortega and Philipp Hergovich found online dating has completely... More »

Your Date Cares a Lot About Your Credit Score

That number is a window into character and behavior

(Newser) - It may not sound romantic, but dating apps are offering researchers great insights into what most people tend to want in prospective partners. And multiple consumer surveys and academic studies have recently found that, at least when it comes to looking for a prospective partner, one's credit score is... More »

Your Tinder Bio Will Never Beat This One-Armed Woman's Bio

Lauren, who lost her limb in a moped accident, lists her job as 'arms dealer'

(Newser) - It can be hard to stand out from the pack on online dating sites, but a 21-year-old from San Diego has found a way to make her mark. Complex says "everyone can give up and go home now," because the Tinder bio of the woman who ID's... More »

Suit: Woman Spent $150K on Matchmaker, Got Mr. Awfuls

Including a guy who said past trauma made him lie uncontrollably

(Newser) - A retired corporate executive said in a lawsuit that she spent $150,000 on a matchmaking service that set her up with a string of highly incompatible suitors, including men who were married, mentally unstable, or felons, the AP reports. Darlene Daggett, former president for US commerce for the QVC... More »

Divorce in the Cards When Men Don't Like Wives' Friends?

Survey suggests friends can influence divorce rate, depending on various factors

(Newser) - Before the advent of social networking and online dating, couples used to meet through mutual friends and acquaintances. But now that people are hooking up online and sometimes falling in love without knowing anything about the other person's social circles, scientists are wondering about what they call the "... More »

Looking for a Sperm or Egg Donor? Swipe Right

The new app 'Just a Baby' has some people on edge

(Newser) - Want a baby but not able to conceive biologically? Know how to use Tinder? A new app called Just a Baby now lets people browse sperm donors, egg donors, surrogates, co-parents, and even old-fashioned partners as if they're dating online, and it's ruffling a few feathers, per NBC... More »

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